“Honestly, my son begs me for a donut everyday after school, my daughter requests hot dogs and cheese whenever she is hungry, and my husband has very specific preferences. As for me, I just try to do the least amount of damage with what I have to work with. It is fair to say that cooking is out of necessity rather than passion or interest.
As much as I want us to be the healthiest people on the planet, right now it is just not realistic and that is oaky. I buy organic when I can, I broke up with aspartame, and I do my best to cook with whole foods. But I also really enjoy a classic graham cracker, fiber one bar (filled with who knows what), and the occasional chicken nugget. My daughter is allergic to eggs and sometimes the time that goes into making something from scratch just isn’t worth the time missed enjoying her laugh.
Maybe we will get there in a few years, but for now, my son indulges in the occasional donut, my daughter munches on microwaved turkey-dogs, my husband experiments with new food groups, all while I sip a green smoothie. We’ll call it a work in progress. I mean really, isn’t motherhood all about balance, acceptance, and flexibility anyway.”
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Kelly Smith founded the blog Cloudy Day Gray after her daughter underwent a successful liver transplant at six weeks old. Since then she has been moving forward determined to give, live, and love a full life as a mother, wife, and donate life advocate.